Legacy of Leicester: Black Holes

Posted by ap507 at Oct 03, 2013 10:35 AM |
First podcast and Leicester Exchanges report on Legacy of Leicester campaign
Legacy of Leicester: Black Holes

Professor Ken Pounds

The Legacy of Leicester is a chance to look back at seven great achievements for which the University is renowned, and through which it has contributed to the world we live in today. Seven discoveries: one for each of the decades since University College Leicester received the Royal Charter to become a University in its own right.

The science of X-ray astronomy began in the early 1960s, at the same time that a young Assistant Lecturer named Ken Pounds was helping to found the University of Leicester’s Space Research Group. The search for evidence of black holes was an early target of space research, and – remarkably - Leicester X-ray astronomers were able to play a leading role in confirming the existence of both now-established classes of black holes.

You can listen to Professor Ken Pounds and Kim Page discuss the subject and read the report on Leicester Exchanges here.

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